Books for World Ocean Day

Today is World Ocean Day and we’re taking time to show some love and respect for the amazing things the ocean has provided and continues to offer! From beautiful shorelines and various food sources to hosting the phytoplankton that give us the majority of our oxygen, we’d be nothing without our oceans! So join us in celebrating the awe-inspiring power and beauty of the world’s oceans with these books:

1. The Little Book of Sea and Soul by Denise Adams

Highlighted by 70 of Adams’s stunning photographs of Atlantic seascapes, The Little Book of Sea and Soul invites quiet contemplation. Dive into it boldly or comb it carefully, either way you’ll discover beauty and wisdom in these gentle seaside gems. Musings on coastal life include both tender and humorous observations that will appeal to seadogs and landlubbers alike.

2. Be a Beach Detective by Peggy Kochanoff

Can anything eat prickly sea urchins? Can dead jellyfish still sting you? Why does water squirt up when you walk along the beach?

Biologist and artist Peggy Kochanoff answers these questions and more in this illustrated guide to solving beach mysteries. From the puzzling tidal life of barnacles to the stunning variety of seaweeds, Kochanoff dives deep into our coastal habitats and comes up with an entertaining and enlightening look at life by the ocean.

3. Seashore Life of Eastern Canada by Jim Cornall and Genny Simard

A field guide to over 80 of the most common species found in the Eastern Canadian intertidal zone. Seashore Life of Eastern Canada provides plenty of information for beachcombers to use as they explore the ocean shore. Each write-up includes an introduction that defines the intertidal zone where the species can be found and provides information about its habitat and appearance.

4. Sailing Alone Around the World by Captain Joshua Slocum

As the first person to circumnavigate the globe alone, Captain Joshua Slocum is celebrated as the “patron saint of small-boat voyagers, navigators, and adventurers all over the world” and heralded as the penultimate example of independent marine navigation at a time when the invention of steam had nearly put an end to the Golden Age of Sail. His timeless account, Sailing Alone Around the World challenged countless readers to change their lives since its initial publication in 1900.

5. Sailing in Circles, Goin’ Somewhere by Finley Martin

Sailing in Circles, Goin’ Somewhere is the funny, bittersweet memoir of a PEI man who, over seven years, builds a classic 1930s wooden sailboat and, in 2004, attempts to circumnavigate eastern North America. The author leaves a small fishing port on the Island and tracks along the rugged coast, up the St. Lawrence River, and through the Great Lakes. Alone, he encounters heavy fog, near-collisions with freighters, mechanical breakdowns, enormous seas, several brushes with disaster, and even a hostile reception at one French-speaking port. It all comes to an inglorious and mundane end when the author and his boat, the Arja D., are stuck in, of all places, Peoria, Illinois.

6. Over the next couple of months, look out for: There be Pirates! by Joann Hamilton-Barry

From the Hackmatack award-shortlisted author of Oak Island and the Search for Buried Treasure comes the newest book from Nimbus’s popular Compass series for young readers. Learn about what everyday life was like for some of the fiercest pirates of all time. Explore the history of piracy, from the ancient Romans and Greeks to modern-day pirates. How did pirates navigate the seas? What happened if they were caught? Did pirates really bury treasure? This full-colour non-fiction book includes highlighted glossary terms, informative sidebars, over 50 colour illustrations and historical photographs, an index, and recommended further reading.